By Adenuga Sunday Joseph
You are a spirit.
You were created in the image of God. The Bible says in John 4:24, that,
‘God is a spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.’
If you and I are made in the image and likeness of God, and God is a Spirit, then it follows that we are spirit beings. Even as the Bible says in Job 32: 8
But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
What the scripture is saying in that place is that, there is a spirit in man’s body. Your body is not the real you, the real you is the spirit inside that body; you have a soul, you only live in that body. One day, your body will dissolve and wear out, and people will say you are dead. See what is written in Job 33: 4
The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.
The breath of the Almighty that gave me life is the Spirit of God, He gave me life, and that is, He gave me a spirit because my spirit is my life. One thing you should know right now is that spirits do not die, meaning that spirits do not cease to exist or get out of existence. Spirits live forever. You are a spirit, you have a soul and the body is only a temporary house that carries you about in this physical plane. Without the body, you will still live, but not in this physical world, you will live in another realm of life. Death (that is the physically shedding this body away) is not the end of man: death is only a transition, it changing from active participation on earth to being an active participant in another realm, or another world. This other world may be the one controlled by The Almighty God called the kingdom of light or the one controlled by the devil called the kingdom of darkness. The choice is absolutely your. You chose and decide your next destination after your departure from earth. The decision is made right here on earth before departure. The choice is yours.
That is why the Bible says,
"It is appointed unto man to die ones and after death, judgment." Hebrews 9:27
If physical death is the end of man, why and how will he be judged after death? This implies that after death, which is only a separation from this physical world, there is judgment somewhere beyond this earth. You and I will face it, not in this body, this body would have decayed, but we will face the judgment. What is your own preparation towards this judgment?
You are a spirit, 1Tessallonians 5:23 tells us,
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God is a spirit, you are a spirit, you cannot interact with God with your body; your body cannot touch God only your spirit can.
The earlier you understood who you really are, the easier it becomes for you to climb through the ladder of success. Let me emphasize that you are not that body you see each time you look through the mirror. You are not the mind that thinks, you are more than that because you can control it. Yes, you can control what you do with your mind; what you eat, what you wear and what you do with you body. If you cannot control your body, then it means that your body is the dominant part of you, and you cannot attain to a lasting success. The bible says, ‘in my body dwells nothing good’ see Romans 7:17 and Romans 7: 24. To have a good success you must have power over your body and your mind; you must be able to put a final stop to every urge that comes from you emotion (in your soul) to your body and tell it to stop and it will stop. For example, you have power to stop the urge that prompts you to commit adultery with another man’s wife. You can tell your body, "listen sin doesn’t live here anymore," and it will hear and obey you. That body is not you, that emotion of lust to sleep around with people of the opposite sex is not the real you. The real you, if you are born again, doesn’t sin. Why don’t you allow the real you to have an upper hand over your body and soul, this is what signal real success. Please always remember this that your body is not you, though you live inside that body, you need that body to operate in this physical realm. The body must not be allowed to dictate to you; it must not be permitted to dominate you in anyway. Success starts from self-mastery, if you cannot master your body and your mind, then you cannot master life and get success out of it. Please understand this point very well; this is very crucial to your having a good success on the earth. No lasting success can be achieved until you’ve mastered the body and dominated the mind completely.
Yes you have to dominate you mind by the word of God, and that is why Lord Jesus Christ said in Matthew 4:4 that,
"Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceed out of the mouth of God."
This means there is something more than bread, something more than your body or its needs, because bread caters for the body. The most important things are the WORDS that proceed from God’s mouth, and they are all written in the Bible. These are the things that cater for your spirit. Please get it in; understand it; it is very important.